French Trip 2017

47 Year 8 and Year 9 pupils have just returned from a great four day trip to Chateau d’Ebblinghem in northern France where they had a lot of fun whilst learning about French culture and practising their language skills.

Following an early 6.30am start, we had a smooth journey through the channel tunnel, and arrived in bright sunshine.  After a swift evening meal the group headed out into the Chateau grounds for football, boules, ping pong and just chilling with friends.

Our first, and for many, most popular day out was to Bellewaerde Theme Park, located just overFrance 2017 the Belgian border.  The park features a small zoo, with a range of wildlife including lions, elephants, giraffes and tigers as well as a great selection of scary rides. The overall favourite seemed to be Boomerang, with Miss Roper being the only member of staff brave enough to try it!

In the evening pupils were taught to make ‘crêpes’  by Vic, their favourite Chateau d’Ebblinghem buddy, and after a feast of their own creations were free to visit the games room or play games outside.

On Monday, we had an action packed day, starting with a visit to one of France’s few remaining traditional bakeries in the tiny village of Escoeuilles. We watched Bruno demonstrate and explain the lengthy process involved in making artisan bread and heard how he has customers who travel from up to 70km away to stock up on his bread! Before we arrived he had made a batch of delicious pain au chocolat just for us to try.  Then it was on to Boulogne and a guided walk round the old town walls with many pupils spending most of their Euros in the treasure-trove of a sweet shop.     After our picnic lunch we visited the impressive Nausicaa Sea Life Centre and saw a sea-lion display. To round off a great day at the seaside, we had ice creams on the beach before returning to our base for dinner, snail tasting and disco dancing.

The pupils were an absolute credit to their school.  They willingly tried food that they were not familiar with, never complained, happily joined in with activities that were organised for them and were polite and friendly throughout. We received many compliments about their excellent behaviour, even from the customs officers in Calais on the way home!

Click here to see what Pupils have said about the trip.

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